MP meets with zebra crossing campaigners

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 March 2016

Grant Shapps, Zak The Zebra, parents and children by Valley Road

Grant Shapps, Zak The Zebra, parents and children by Valley Road

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Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps met with parents campaigning for a zebra crossing on a "dangerous road" in Welwyn Garden City.

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Mums Bonnie Chrysanthou and Angela Malone created a petition to install the crossing on Valley Road, where many children walk to Applecroft and Stanborough Schools at peak times of day.

A group of parents and children met with Mr Shapps on Valley Road at 3.30pm on Friday, March 4. They also invited Zak the Zebra, the mascot for the road safety charity Brake.

Mr Shapps said: “I fully support this campaign by local residents to see a new crossing on Valley Road.

“This has long since been a very fast stretch of road and recent speed checks have revealed cars driving at twice the speed limit.

“Given the proximity of the school, there are many young children who cross this road daily, as well as older people who are scared stiff about the speed of traffic on Valley Road.

“I think that a crossing is long overdue and I will offer this campaign every support.”

Dianne Shepherd, of Dellcott Close, said: “Negotiating the crossing of Valley Road at 8.45 am is extremely problematic as the commuters are in a hurry to get to work.

“Most do not stop for those who need to cross so on occasions parents have to force them to stop. I see older children on their way to secondary school hesitantly endeavouring to cross the road. Many grandparents walk their grand children to school and some find it daunting.

“Having a crossing would put many parents’ minds at rest. It would also help those needing to go to their work.

“My son Oliver finds the road scary as there are times when I have to make him rush across.

“When he was five he dropped his bicycle in the middle of the road and the oncoming car did not slow down appropriately so he became frightened.”

The petition currently has nearly 600 signatures. To sign go to http://ow.ly/YD7xD

To share your experiences of crossing the road email pedestriancrossingvalleyroad@hotmail.com

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